Computer a huge boost

2015-10-14 06:00
TEBOGO SEHERI donated his special computer to Reginald Coetzee, a learner at the Retlameleng Special School. Picturted is Coetzee who also showed Express Northern Cape how the computer works.
 Photo: 
Boipelo Mere

TEBOGO SEHERI donated his special computer to Reginald Coetzee, a learner at the Retlameleng Special School. Picturted is Coetzee who also showed Express Northern Cape how the computer works. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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REGINALD COETZEE, a learner at the Retalameleng Special School in Galeshewe, never expected to have his own computer in gr. 7.

This dream of his was made a reality by Tebogo Seheri, a candidate attorney who is visually impaired, and who donated his own used computer to Reginald with special programmes for his condition. Reginald, who is visually impaired, could not help blushing when Seheri announced that he was identified as the beneficiary to all of his equipment every time he upgraded or replaced any of it.

According to Seheri, he had always admired Coetzee and knew that he had a problem with his vision from a young age.

“I knew him before I had lost my own vision. I loved the energy in him and have always kept track of his life and was aware that he started his schooling at Retlameleng,” said Seheri.

He says his intention was also to give him his cellphone, but that was unfortunately stolen a few weeks back.

Reginald, whose dream is to become a teacher, a DJ or a lawyer, has already started practising to use his new computer.

Seheri promised that he would have the computer installed with the Visual DJ programme after hearing that Coetzee was interested in being a DJ.

“I’m cool,” he proudly stated while his grandmother, Lientjie, and grandfather, John, laughed at his response as to how he felt to own a computer at his age. According to him, he is the only one amongst his peers with a specially-programed computer, and so he continued to boast about it.

Reginald is currently living with his grandparents after the death of his mother earlier this year in May.

Seheri said that he had bought the computer while he was at university during an auction as a backup to his laptop.

“After completion of my studies I brought it home, where it was only gathering dust because no one could use it at home due to its programmes.

“I remembered Reginald and paid him a visit where I had a chat with him to see whether he could use it.”

“I am so happy because he has something keeping him busy when he is away from school and football practice, which he is crazy about,” said Lientjie.

She highlighted that her grandson had possibly inherited his vision problem from his late mother as she had always worn thick lenses in her glasses.

“Regarding Reginald’s condition, the grandmother said: “The doctors used to tell us that he had a very small field of vision just before he turned two years old. But one thing about him is that he has always been doing things for himself,” concluded the friendly grandmother

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